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RACHEL FELDMAN

Director / Writer

Rachel Feldman is a director / screenwriter currently in pre-production on LILLY, a political thriller to star Patricia Clarkson, Josh Lucas, and Thomas Sadoski, based on the remarkable life of Fair Pay icon Lilly Ledbetter.  Feldman just optioned her award-winning pilot, DR. NOVAK, to Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Films.

Follow her on Twitter @WomenCallAction and see her full bio at www.rachelfeldman.com 

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ASHLEY MCATEE

Senior Director, WhoHaha

Ashley McAtee is the Senior Director of WhoHaha, a creative community for women and gender expansive creators in comedy.

 

Co-founded by Elizabeth Banks, WhoHaha’s mission is to elevate historically excluded voices in the entertainment industry. Ashley is also a feminist artist and poet and a graduate of The Ohio State University.

PANEL: SAT 04 DEC - 1.15PM EST
TAKING UP SPACE IN COMEDY

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SHIWANI SRIVASTAVA

Writer

Shiwani Srivastava's romantic comedy WEDDING SEASON is currently in post-production for Netflix and Imagine Entertainment. The script was one of the winners of the 2018 ScreenCraft Comedy contest and landed Shiwani on the Tracking Board’s 2019 Young & Hungry List and Spec Script Hit List.  She's repped by A3 Artists and Affirmative Entertainment, and has projects in development with Gunpowder & Sky and ReelFX. 

PANEL: SAT 04 DEC - 3.45PM EST
COVERFLY PRESENTS: WORKING
WITH A REP

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NICHOLAS BOGNER

Manager

As a producer and manager of actors, writers and directors, Nicholas Bogner has vast experience in all areas of television and features. He has been an executive for major feature companies (such as Cruise-Wagner) as well as a television network (TNT) and has two produced credits as a screenwriter, The Little Death and No Strings Attached. He also produced Soccer Mom and A Nice Girl Like You.
In 2008, Bogner joined Affirmative Entertainment to start their lit department. Since then, Bogner has sold features and pilots to the likes of Paramount, Amblin, Sony, Blumhouse, Intrepid, Walden Media and pilots to ABC, FX, USA, MTV, CW, E!, Fox Studios, Fox 21, TWC, Relativity, Sy-Fy, Eone and NBC. 

PANEL: SAT 04 DEC - 3.45PM EST 
COVERFLY PRESENTS: WORKING
WITH A REP

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CAROL LITTLETON

Editor

Carol Littleton, ACE has thirty-eight credits and was nominated for an Oscar for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She had a long collaboration with Lawrence Kasdan, editing eight of his ten films, including The Big Chill, Body Heat, Grand Canyon and The Accidental Tourist.

 

In her work for Jonathan Demme, she edited Swimming to Cambodia, The Manchurian Candidate, The Truth About Charlie and Beloved. Other notable films include White Palace and Places in the Heart.

 

Littleton won an Emmy for Tuesdays with Morrie. She is one of the editors whose work is featured in The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, and in 2016 Littleton received a Career Achievement Award from ACE. 

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 1PM EST
THE CRAFT OF THE EDIT

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TERILYN A. SHROPSHIRE

Editor

Terilyn A. Shropshire, ACE, collaborates with some of the industry's most talented filmmakers. Recently, Shropshire worked with Halle Berry on Bruised, a film marking Berry's fierce directorial debut. As editor of Netflix's 2020 action movie hit, The Old Guard, Shropshire continued to build on her over twenty-year creative partnership with director Gina Prince-Bythewood, for whom she has edited six films, including Love and Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees and Beyond the Lights, as well as three episodes of Shots Fired.
In her work with Kasi Lemmons, Shropshire edited Talk to Me, The Caveman’s Valentine and Eve’s Bayou, which was the highest grossing independent film of 1997, and she also edited Miss Bala for Catherine Hardwicke.
Shropshire won an ACE Eddie Award for Vondie Curtis-Hall’s Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story and in 2019 she received an Eddie nomination for her work on Part 1 of Netflix's 4-part mini-series When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay.

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 1PM EST 
THE CRAFT OF THE EDIT

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MARY STEPHEN

Editor

Mary Stephen, CCE, is a Hong Kong-born Chinese-Canadian editor and filmmaker with fifty-two credits and nine best editing nominations. Based in Paris, France, Stephen started working as assistant to Cécile Décugis (editor to Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer etc.) and then was Éric Rohmer’s regular editor and collaborator from 1992-2010. She edited ten of his films, including A Tale of Winter and The Lady and the Duke, until his last film, The Romance of Astrea and Celadon. Stephen has also edited numerous award-winning narratives and documentaries from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey, and also Canada and South Africa, including Li Yang’s Blind Mountain, Fan Lixin’s Last Train Home, Du Haibin’s 1428, Seren Yüce’s Majority, Hüseyin Karabey’s My Marlon and Brando, Joan Chen’s Shanghai Strangers, Ann Hui’s latest film, Love After Love, and Yoichiro Okutani’s feature documentary Nude at Heart (which just won the Kaleidoscope competition award at DOC NYC.)

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 1PM EST
THE CRAFT OF THE EDIT

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REBECCA KENT

Archival Producer

Rebecca Kent is an investigative producer with expertise in archival research, rights, and clearances and scripting and story development. Her credits include the highly acclaimed documentaries Ailey, Julia, Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go For It, Amanda Knox, Knock Down The House, Sisters On Track, PBS’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution and Unladylike as well as the podcasts Nice White Parents and Crooked Media’s The Wilderness.

 

Rebecca holds a masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University and bachelors degrees in Political Science and English Literature from Kenyon College.

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 3.45PM EST
WORKING WITH ARCHIVES

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LIA JUSINO

Global Director of Archival Research, Vice Media Group

Lia Jusino is the Global Director of Archival Research for Vice Media Group, a department responsible for research and licensing material from every thing from editorial programming to commercial campaigns. Prior to Vice, she was a freelance archival producer for independent documentaries such as Netflix's Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold and HBO's The 50 Year Argument directed by Martin Scorsese.

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 3.45PM EST 
WORKING WITH ARCHIVES

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TASHA VAN ZANDT

Director / Producer / Cinematographer

Tasha Van Zandt is an award-winning director, cinematographer, photographer and Emmy-nominated producer who has documented stories across all seven continents. Her debut documentary feature-length film After Antarctica follows the life of the legendary polar explorer Will Steger. For her work on TIME Magazine’s Emmy-nominated Guns In America project, she traveled across the country documenting varied perspectives on gun control in the United States. Cinematographer working includes; Paper & Glue (Tribeca 2021), Jagged (Toronto 2021), and Crusaders (VICE 2021) and her work has been commissioned by TIME Magazine, The Guardian, National Geographic Expeditions, PBS, Netflix, HBO, Adobe, Apple, Google, and VICE, and has been exhibited in museums around the world.  

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NAOMI WRIGHT

Development Executive,
The SpringHill Company

Naomi is a Film & TV producer from Harlem, NY currently working in Unscripted & Documentaries at The SpringHill Company.

 

She is also the Co-Founder of Fortune & Forks, a professional resource group for young women of color centered around quarterly networking dinners.

 

In her free time, Naomi loves to travel, learn TikTok dances with her sister and always has a spicy margarita in hand.

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MEGAN ROSATI

Writer / Director / Actress

Megan first went viral online with her comedy and genre shorts featured in Huffington Post and Gizmodo. Her webseries, 52 WAYS TO BREAK UP, was featured in NY Magazine,  LA Weekly, and PASTE. Her next series, BALL OR NOTHING, was produced by IFC's COMEDY CRIB. Megan was a finalist in Shudder & Project Greenlight's Independent Horror Filmmaker Contest and they purchased a pilot script based on her feature, BLOOM. Her pilot KILLER ASSISTANT was a finalist for the MACRO LAB/BLACK LIST Episodic Diversity Contest. She co-founded the feminist horror group FATALE COLLECTIVE, and their microshort anthology BLEED played at Fantastic Fest, Overlook Festival,  Frightfest UK, and online on Fangoria. Named one of Hollywood’s Top New Writers on My Tracking Board’s 2019 “Young and Hungry” List,  she recently wrote an episode of TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES and is rewriting an upcoming horror feature for HULU. She is repped by Writ Large.

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 12PM EST 
DREAMING IN GENRE: THE HORROR

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AUTUMN MORAN

Camera Operator, Local 600

Autumn Moran is a New York based Director of Photography and Local 600 Camera Operator. Some of her most notable works include the role-playing dramady OF DICE AND MEN and the thriller AMONG THE LOST (ASC Heritage Award Nominee).

Before moving into the role of cinematographer, Autumn worked as union AC on shows such as Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, and CBS’s Madam Secretary. After camera operating on THE REMIX (Tribeca Film Festival 2019), and HALF THE PICTURE (Sundance, SXSW 2018), she joined the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) as an associate member in 2018. Since then, she can be found operating on Hocus Pocus 2: Black Flame, and Over/Under among others. Known for a gritty pastoral style, Autumn loves the challenge of finding new and interesting ways to tell complex stories.

PANEL: SAT 04 DEC - 12PM EST
FINDING YOUR PLACE IN THE
CAMERA DEPARTMENT

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RORY KOSLOW

Agent / Manager

Rory Koslow is the principal of Well Told Entertainment (WTE) and is an established producer, executive, and literary manager. Recent projects include the Netflix film LOST GIRLS, which was the highest performing independent feature on Netflix at the time of its release.

Prior to WTE, Koslow was EVP, Film Development at The Jackal Group, a joint venture with 21st Century Fox. Key projects include THE ADDAMS FAMILY released by MGM. Koslow steered the company’s film-to-stage partnership with Fox and was a key player in the expansion of Jackal’s scripted television slate. Koslow was also SVP, Production at Langley Park Pictures, a production company based at Warner Bros, where he produced the feature film ASHBY released by Paramount Pictures, and set the record for biggest distribution sale in the history of the Tribeca Film Festival. 

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DIANA WENG

Dialect Coach

Diana C. Weng is an actress and dialect coach based in the bay area of California. She was a member of the sketch comedy group Actors Anonymous and The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, and performed with the Asian American Theatre Company, Theatreworks and Theatre Yugen on productions that brought her to Anchorage and New York City. Her on-screen acting roles include TV appearances on Dharma and Greg, Becker and Lizzy McGuire,  and film appearances on The Joy Luck Club, The Tuxedo and The Medallion. For the past 20 years, Diana has also worked with Jackie Chan as a dialogue coach on films such as Karate Kid, Kung Fu Panda 1, 2 and 3, Around The World in 80 Days, Shanghai Noon, the Rush Hour franchise, Lego Ninjago and The Foreigner.  Diana studied acting at U.C. Berkeley, where she received a BA in English Literature. 

PANEL: FRI 03 DEC - 1.15PM EST
SPEAKING IN DIALECTS 

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MICHELLE CLEMENTINE

Camera Operator, Local 600

Michelle Clementine career in film began with an internship at TriBeCa Film Festival in 2005. After graduating with a B.A. in film production at Brooklyn College, The Bronx native joined IATSE Local 600 Camera Guild in 2010. In 2018, Clementine was part of the inaugural Cinematography Intensive for Women at American Film Institute. Since then, Clementine has lensed feature documentaries, short films and commercials.

 

She has developed a taste for stylized rawness in her lens, pulling from her immigrant roots. Michelle is based in LA. 

PANEL: SAT 04 DEC - 12PM EST
FINDING YOUR PLACE IN THE
CAMERA DEPARTMENT

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HELEN HUANG

Director of Development

Helen started her career in the Motion Pictures (Books) department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), worked extensively in Chinese/Hollywood co-productions under director Renny Harlin (DIE HARD 2, DEEP BLUE SEA), and recently spearheaded film and TV development at Globalgate Entertainment, developing content for 11+ territories including Hollywood, Asia, Europe, LATAM, and more. Helen specializes in adaptations and sourcing IP with unique international synergies and global appeal. Currently as B&C Content’s Director of Development, Helen focuses on scouting IP, developing, packaging, and producing premium Korean/Hollywood crossover content for global markets. 

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 2:30PM EST
RIDING THE WAVE: KOREAN
CONTENT CROSSOVERS

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ANGELITA MENDOZA

Director

Angelita Mendoza is an award-winning, Mexican-American film director based in New York City but raised in San Diego, CA.  Her passion for film started at her father’s video stores when she was a child.  Angelita’s films have screened at HollyShorts, New York Film Festival, New York Latino Film Festival, and San Diego Latino Film Festival, among others. She is the recipient of the Grand Prize for the Moët Moment Film Festival 2018, a part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Judges included Laura Dern, Billie Lourd, and Annka Hoffman (the VP of the HFPA).  Angelita’s latest short film, “The Blue Drum,” was selected as part of NALIP’s Latino Lens Women of Color Incubator sponsored by Netflix. 

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 12PM EST
DREAMING IN GENRE: THE HORROR

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DAISY GONZÀLEZ

Content Specialist, FREE THE WORK

Daisy Gonzalez Content Specialist at FREE THE WORK. A skilled analyst and strategist in brand and content management in the entertainment and publishing industries, Daisy’s passion for film and entertainment have guided her professional trajectory.

 

A self-prescribed jack of all trades, Daisy has curated various content enterprises that speak directly to the pulse of the moment.


Her areas of focus are awards, film, and festival coverage. When not at the office, you can find Daisy catching up on the latest films and spending time exploring Los Angeles. 

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MICHELLE K. SUGIHARA

Executive Director, CAPE

Michelle K. Sugihara is the Executive Director of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment). She is also an entertainment attorney, film producer, and adjunct professor for the Claremont Colleges’ Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies. She co-leads #GoldOpen, is on the leadership team of Time's Up Entertainment Women of Color, and is a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater. She is also an associate member of Cold Tofu, the nation's premier Asian American comedy improv and sketch group. An avid public speaker, Michelle speaks and teaches across the country on various topics including Representation in Media; Women in Entertainment; Diversity and Inclusion; Leadership; and Improv for Non-Actors.

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KENDRA HODGSON

Director of Strategy & Innovation,
Women Make Movies

Kendra Hodgson is the Director or Strategy & Innovation at Women Make Movies; she is passionate about social justice, gender equity, and the power of stories – especially when expressed through documentary film. Before joining WMM, she spent 18 years directing marketing and distribution at the nonprofit Media Education Foundation, a documentary producer and distributor that examines and educates about commercial mainstream media. She regularly consults with documentary filmmakers and distributors on distribution and impact strategy and is currently part of an Expanding Communities working group at the Gotham Institute. She recently served on the jury for Planet in Focus Film Festival and is also an active member of the board of the Action Coalition for Media Education.

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KRISTEN VAN NEST

Writer / Actress

Kristen Van Nest is a comedic writer/actor based in Los Angeles, CA who has bylines in satirical publications including McSweeney's, The Rumpus, SlackJaw, tweets that have been featured on @vodkalana, @Iamthirtyaf, and other popular meme accounts, and has appeared on BuzzFeed (you might also recognize her in the new Facebook Portal ads).

 

She started her comedy career doing standup in China, which means she can help you order the cheapest wine on the menu in multiple languages.

PANEL: SAT 04 DEC - 1.15PM EST
TAKING UP SPACE IN COMEDY

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MONI OYEDEP

Writer / Actress

Moni Oyedep is a writer, actress, comedian and first generation Nigerian-American from Alabama with a passion for telling compelling Black stories. She is the creator of Platonic, a 7 episode web series about two best friends with obvious sexual tension. She partnered with 20+ black owned businesses, creatives and artists in order to elevate the community while telling this story. Moni is an improv and sketch writer and performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre. Her comedy has been featured on Freeform, WhoHaHa, CollegeHumor, Funny or Die and VoyageLA.

She is a 2021 Women Write Now fellow through LOL Studios and the Sundance Institute. She has a BA in Political Science and Business Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

PANEL: SAT 04 DEC - 1.15PM EST
TAKING UP SPACE IN COMEDY

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EMMA RAMOS

Actress / Screenwriter

Emma Ramos is a bi-lingual Mexican American actress and screenwriter. She won the CenturyFox/ Disney Women of Color TV Pilot Incubator as well as the Warner Media 150 Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Staff Writer for Irony Point's new comedy in development for black and brown tweens and Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer Reboot. Former performer for FLAMA (Latinx Funny or Die) and Broadway Video's Mas Mejor. Her sketch series B.U.T.S. won Best Comedy at NBCUniversal Short Film Festival and was nominated twice for the Imagen Awards. Semifinalist for Sundance "New Voices". Her comedy short "Who Gets to Sleep with me Tonight" is an official selection for Warner Media’s Latino Media Festival.  Emma's TV credits include a recurring role on New Amsterdam, Law & Order: SVU, Unforgettable, and Marisol on HBO. Please check the award-winning short, fake documentaries comedy series about Latin American expressions at dichosdichos.com.

PANEL: SAT 04 DEC - 1.15PM EST
TAKING UP SPACE IN COMEDY

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JAMIE LAI

Head of Development and Production, Bound Entertainment

Jamie Lai is the Head of Development and Production who oversees the LA office for Bound Entertainment, a Korean media entertainment company headquartered in Seoul, Korea. Jamie has worked extensively in the international co-production space in Asia, as a development executive at China's Pearl Studio (“Abominable”) and a producer for Korea-Chinese film and television projects including “Bounty Hunters” starring Lee Min-ho and Tiffany Tang, and “She Was Pretty” starring Dilireba. She also oversaw the location based entertainment projects for Wanda including the Wuhan Movie Park and was formerly an executive with Base FX, an Emmy-award winning VFX company in China. Jamie is a graduate of UC San Diego, and the University of Iowa School of Law.

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 2:30PM EST
RIDING THE WAVE: KOREAN
CONTENT CROSSOVERS

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MELISSA MONTERO

Sales & Licensing Executive, AP

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 3.45PM EST
WORKING WITH ARCHIVES

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SU FRIEDRICH

Filmmaker

Su Friedrich has produced and directed twenty-four 16mm films and digital videos. With the exception of Hide and Seek, Friedrich is the writer, director, cinematographer, sound recordist and editor of all her films. In 2015, Sink or Swim was one of the 25 films chosen by the Library of Congress to be included in the National Film Registry. Friedrich's films have won many other awards and have been the subject of fifteen retrospectives, including at the Museum of Modern Art, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the National Film Theater in London, and the First Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In 2022, The University Press of Mississippi will publish Su Friedrich: Interviews, edited by Sonia Misra and Rox Samer.
In 2019 Friedrich created EDITED BY, a website that covers the work of 206 women film editors, http://womenfilmeditors.princeton.edu/ which includes a 95 minute film document of their work, and in 2020 she created a comprehensive website about the African-American filmmaker William Greaves.

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 1PM EST
THE CRAFT OF THE EDIT

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DEANNA GOMEZ

Actress / Writer / Showrunner

Deanna Gomez is a proud Chicana born and raised in San Bernardino, California. A natural storyteller from a young age, Deanna channels her passion for storytelling into her work as an actress and screenwriter. She works in Horror, Drama, and Dark Comedy. Recently her feature horror film, Ravening Woods, premiered at the Silicon Beach Valley Film Festival.  Her original horror micro-film, Madrina Morana: By Your Means, won an honorable mention at the inaugural Nyx Horror Collective's 13 Minutes of Horror Film Festival. Deanna wrote, directed, and starred in the short. Currently, Deanna has several projects in the works, including her horror-fiction anthology podcast, A Bad Feeling Horror Podcast, where she acts as the showrunner. When she's not writing or acting, Deanna can be found reading the next great horror novel or perfecting her burlesque act. Visit deannamgomez.com for Deanna's latest news and updates. 

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 12PM EST
DREAMING IN GENRE: THE HORROR

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LEAH THOMPSON

Documentary Filmmaker

Leah Thompson is a documentary filmmaker and producer based in Los Angeles. In 2018, she co-founded Two Tigers Productions, an arts consulting and production company, to equitably collaborate with fellow creatives on meaningful projects. She is currently producing COAL + ICE, an immersive documentary photography exhibition that will be presented at the Kennedy Center in March 2022, and developing her first feature-length documentary, You Should Never Blink, on the life and legacy of Corita Kent. Her short documentary, How to Start Your Own Utopia, premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2017. 

PANEL: SUN 05 DEC - 3.45PM EST
WORKING WITH ARCHIVES

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JILLIAN SCHULTZ

Producer / Creative Consultant

Jillian is a producer and creative consultant with 15 years of experience working at the intersection of art, activism, and education. She has expertise in lens-based media and community engagement. She is Co-Principal of Two Tigers Productions. She is producer on Leslie Tai’s forthcoming feature length documentary THE BIRTH TOURISTS and Leah Thompson’s YOU SHOULD NEVER BLINK, currently in development.

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NAMRATA PRAKASH

Coverfly Writer
Development Coordinator

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GEOFFROY FAUGEROLAS

Coverfly Senior Writer Development Executive

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DENISE JONES

Field Operations Supervisor

Currently based in Los Angeles, Denise Jones works in Broadcast Journalism as a Field Operations Supervisor on the team overseeing CNN’s national field camera department. Emmy-nominated for Producing breaking news coverage, Denise serves across award-winning teams on diverse productions spanning cinematic documentaries to large scale Presidential conventions.

A student of comedy and art, Denise trained with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The Pit NYC, and is setting her sights on creating the next great...cartoon. 

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